(ABC News) President Donald Trump demanded on Friday that governors allow churches, synagogues, mosques, and other places of worship to hold in-person services immediately — threatening to overrule them with unspecified authority if they don’t comply.
“The governors need to do the right thing and allow these very important essential places of faith to open right now, for this weekend. If they don’t do it, I will override the governors,” President Trump said in remarks to reporters Friday as his administration rolled out detailed guidance for religious institutions for how to safely reopen amid the virus.
It is unclear what legal authority the president could exercise to overrule a governor and the White House could not point to a specific provision that would give the president that power.
“The president will strongly encourage every governor to allow their churches to reopen,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said.
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Editors note. This post was written by Jordyn Phelps and published at ABC News. Title changed by PNP News
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